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  • Internet Sacred Text Archive
    This site consists of "significant primary texts relating to religion and mythology." There are Ancient texts including Neolithic, Australian, Pacific, African, Ancient Near East, Greek and Roman, Northern European, Egyptian, Native American, and Modern Pagan. Eastern contains Shinto, Hinduism, I Ching, Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. Western has a hypertext Bible and other Christian texts, Judaism, Mormonism, Bahai'i, Islam, Zoroastrianism, esoteric, occult, and fringe religions. There are also writings by freethinkers Charles Darwin, Thomas Paine, Mark Twain, Clarence Darrow, and Albert Einstein.
  • Religious Tolerance
    The website's premise is to encourage everyone "to accept the right of other people to freely follow religions that are strange to us, without hindrance." To that end, they have included many links about religions and ethical systems, sections devoted to particular issues like religious law, spirituality and hatred, religious news and essays about topics like sex, war and terrorism. This site is maintained by the Ontario Consultants of Religious Tolerance.
  • Religion Online
    This website is designed "to assist professors, scholars and general 'seekers' who are interested in exploring religious issues." this site aims "to develop an extensive library of hundreds of entries, presenting many different points of view, but all written from the perspective of sound scholarship." There are over 1,100 articles and chapters in a variety of subject areas, such as Ethics, Comparative Religion, Worship, Religion Education, and History and Sociology of Religions. Searchable, or browse the author, book, and other indexes from the site map.


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  • Biblical Studies

    • EIKON
      Created at Yale Divinity School by faculty and library staff, EIKON is an image database that "provides digital resources for teaching and research in the field of Biblical studies." The approximately 800 images in EIKON are a subset of a larger Yale digital collection called AdHoc that contains both texts and images related to the history of Christianity. EIKON is searchable by subject; a search on Moses, for example, retrieves four images from a series of frescos at a synagogue in Syria. The subject headings in EIKON records are links, so it is easy to find related pictures by clicking the headlines. Clicking on the geographical location heading in a Moses record retrieved sixteen more images from the same temple. EIKON can also be browsed by categories such as Biblical Book, Geographical Location, Cultural Affiliation, Object Type, or Topic.
    • Gutenberg Digital
      All 1,282 pages of the Gottingen Gutenberg Bible have been scanned and beautifully presented by the Gottingen State and University Library, along with the Gttingen Model Book(instructions to illuminators on book ornamentation), and "Helmasperger's Notary Instrument" (the document that provides the strongest proof that Gutenberg was the inventor of printing with movable type). Feature-packed and intelligently designed, this site is worthy of the great work of art it offers to the world. Includes background on Gutenberg, the history of printing, and the impact of Gutenberg's invention. For full appreciation, Shockwave Flash is required. Available in German and English versions.
    • New Testament Gateway
      An "up to date, annotated guide to good academic New Testament web resources." These Web resources include not only other Web sites, but articles and course materials. Topics include Jesus in Film, Women and Gender, Bible Translations, Non-Canonical, and Judaica. Browsable indexes make this site easy to navigate. Searchable by keyword. Updated monthly. From the University of Birmingham, England.
  • Buddhism

    • BuddhaNet
      The searchable Buddhist Information Network features a BuddhaZine, guided meditation and other audio files, downloadable e-books and articles (Adobe Acrobat Reader required), information on Meditation Techniques, an online guide for studying Buddhism, information on Buddhist history and culture, a World Buddhist Directory, a directory of Buddhist Hospices & HIV/AIDS prevention and care programs, events information, and a browsable collection of related links.
    • Buddhist Studies WWW
      This annotated directory keeps track of leading information resources in the fields of Buddhism and Buddhist studies. A Virtual Library site.
    • Ethics of Buddha and Buddhism
      This article offers information on the life of Buddha, the principles of Buddhist beliefs, practices, and the Eastern philosophies. Information about Siddartha Gautama (the Buddha), Dharma (the doctrine), Dhammapada (the book), and Sangha (the community) are provided. This page is part of a large site on religion and philosophy by the peace activist and author Sanderson Beck.
  • Christianity

  • Islam

  • Judaism

    • Judaism 101
      Judaism 101 is an online encyclopedia of Judaism, covering Jewish beliefs, people, places, things, language, scripture, holidays, practices and customs.
    • Maven
      The largest directory of Jewish and Israel resources on the Internet. Searchable and categorized by subject. More than 9,000 links, many annotated.
  • Hinduism

    • Bhagvat Gita
      A complete English version with links to the original Sanskrit.
    • Study of Hindu Religion
      A comprehensive study of the principles and practices of Hindu religion, yoga, and philosophy, this site also includes the basic tenets and beliefs of Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Shintoism, Taoism, and Confucianism from a Hindu point of view. Additional sections offer comparisons between the four Hindu sects, between the three Western Religions, between Eastern and Western Religions, and between various sects and non-religious movements.

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